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by Hannneke

We are going to visit Washington next 23 of August. W're from Spain, and my child of 16 years old like to visit inside the FBI building. Is there avialeble a Tourist Tour??
Thanks to sent me your answer to mail:


by Donna_in_India

Hi - according to their site ( the FBI Tour is presently closed but you can see exhibits about the FBI at local museums including the "G-Men and Journalists" display at the Newseum.

You might enjoy the Spy Museum. You can get info on their site


by dustmon

According to the website, tours have been discontinued until further notice---


by TexasDave

Yep, the FBI building has been off limits to tourists for quite a while.


by Jamesr3939

Unless you know somebody with the FBI who can get you on the list.

I agree on the Spy Musuem I found it a lot of fun and very interesting. It is best to get there when they first open in the AM. I did, walked right in, and had plenty of room without being crowded. I spent about two hours inside and when I left the line was long and groups appeared jammed together.

If your child is interested in law enforcement stuff visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The musuem won't be open until 2013, but there is a vistor center and gift shop just up the street. If you like firearms then the NRA musuem is very cool also. However, it is outside of DC a little ways. It would be a good stop after visiting the Air and Space annex out near the airport, if you are going out there.


by Sevsa

You could also visit the Museum of Crime and Punishment (

Travel Tips for Washington D.C.

How to tour the Capitol- knowledge from a pro

by Gumball127

Tickets for Capitol tours, which is the only way to see the Rotunda, are available Monday through Saturday at the ticket booth near the Botanic Gardens. Tickets are distributed on a first come, first served basis and each person can obtain ONE ticket. In other words, bring your whole family to get their passes. Also you can not choose a time, you have to take what is offered. I suggest being flexible in your plans and scheduling, this is good advice for any vacation and alleviates some stress.

During the busiest seasons (spring, early summer) tickets can run out in an hour. It's best to be in line sometime before 9am. The best season to visit is fall and winter.

Certain items a NOT allowed in the Capitol. A brief list: No food or drinks of any kind, opened or sealed, in bags or not. No sprays, pump or aerosol, and no pocket knives or sharp objects of any size. Medicine is obviously ok, but Capitol Police can answer any questions. Do bring your camera though and take lots of pictures!

Tours last roughly an hour from the time stamped on your ticket and do be on time or you are out of luck! Being the Capitol building, there is an occasional security issue, but they are fairly rare.

All public tours are given in English, but brochures are available in several different languages. The tour is accessible,with special accommodations for hearing impaired.

To visit the chamber galleries or watch a session you need to get a gallery pass from your congressperson. International visitors need a valid passport or international drivers license to obtain their gallery passes.

Its a wonderful tour. If you visit I hope this information helps you and that you have a wonderful trip! I love Dome tours. The whole building changes when you are standing on top, either looking down on the Rotunda or looking out at the whole city!

Dwarfed by a giant among men

by vivalasteph

You walk down the mall, past the Washington Monument, then gaze at its reflection in the water, and make your way to the Greek-style temple. You climb the steps and look at the rows of columns. There are 36 of them, to represent each of the states during Lincoln's presidency.

You walk between them and are stopped in your tracks by the huge sculpture in front of you. This marble masterpiece, by Daniel Chester French, momentarily stuns you. Lincoln is seated peacefully in an armchair, his stare upon the Capitol Building in the distance, a sober statement on the need to not forget his great accomplishments for this country.

The walls around him are covered with murals, and the Gettysburg Address is etched in the stone on the south wall.

It is a very humbling experience to stand in this memorial temple.

This beautiful city changes...

by witou

This beautiful city changes its charms every three months with the seasonal changes. I love every single one of them, but spring and fall are my favorites. During the spring the city’s famous cherry blossoms and all other trees with flowers decorate the parks and streets of Washington. During fall the city dresses in red, yellow, brown, orange and green, it is spectacular.

Ride the Metro.

by PaxMan356

It is the only way to get around the city. An all day pass after 9:30am is $5 and will get you unlimited access. It is clean, and it is fast. The only complaint I have is leg room, but where isn't that a problem for my 34 inseam.

a bit ashamed but I kept snapping

by richiecdisc

So, even though we had just been shooting the Lincoln Monument the night before thanks to the city's determination to very powerfully light up all their key structures, we got up at dawn and caught the Metro back into The Mall area from our Rosslyn area motel. The air was cold on our faces as we raced from the Metro stop to the Monument, fearing our start was not early enough but as we neared the impressive monument, we could see our timing was pretty damn good. It was glowing and we both stopped to take a few shots before climbing its stairs to see if the great man himself was bathed in such splendid light. Gasping at the top from the racing and cold morning air, we saw not only Lincoln glowing all amber but also a janitor mopping up the floor in the foreground. Wouldn't you know it, he was black.

I was a bit dumbfounded by my good fortune but as I looked through the viewfinder, I also felt a bit ashamed at finding this image through it. What would the man who freed the slaves think if he knew that despite their freedom, black people still earn less than their white counterparts and on are on average are less educated. One does not have to look far; once you get outside of DC's core tourist area, poverty abounds, much of it in black neighborhoods.

I snapped quite a few photos none-the-less. Even the janitor periodically was in the perfect light. I am a photographer, I can't help it. But as I snapped I noticed he was not wearing a typical janitor's clothing. He was wearing the green of a National Park Ranger. Since it is a National Monument, it is manned by their staff and this was no janitor, it was a ranger. It might not be the most glamorous job and in no way is this meant to be a slight to janitors but it seemed more appropriate that in front of the monument to the man who wrote the Emancipation Proclamation, a black man had a job that he might otherwise not.


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